Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Rolling Pin

Do you remember learning to bake in your mother's kitchen? Were there certain utensils that were old standby's; something that was always there and never replaced? One such utensil in my mother's kitchen was her wooden rolling pin. I believe it was a part of her kitchen from the day she married until the day she passed away. Wooden, seasoned, worn, and with green handles, her rolling pin helped bake many a pie! My sister and I learned to bake pumpkin pies, blueberry pies, fresh strawberrie pies, and apple pies in mom's kitchen. Pies were a common dessert in our family. Our favorite recipe for pie crust was made with a blend of whole wheat and white flours and an oil and water combination for shortening the dough.

A rolling pin is a cylindrical piece of wood or other material that is used to roll out dough to a reduced proper thickness. There are differing accounts as to who invented the rolling pin. Claims are made that it was invented in 1864 by John W. Reed or in 1891 by Catherine Diener of Iowa. I suppose it doesn't really matter who invented it, but what does matter is it's existence for ease in baking tender, flaky pies!


  1. I love the Rolling Pins in the picture.
    My Grandmother used several Rolling Pins in her kitchen each with a diffrent but very important purpose. I have two of the Rolling Pins my Grandmother used.

  2. How wonderful that you have two of your grandmother's rolling pins. It's something very special to remember her by. Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate hearing from you.

    The rolling pins are on display at a local antique mall. I'd like to make most of that mall into my own kitchen! There were wonderful kitchen goodies there!


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